VW Beetle Beats Bugatti to Set World Record of 0-60Mph in 1.6 Sec [Video]

Lining up against a $1.5 million Bugatti Veyron for a drag race, the 1965 VW Beetle should not have stood a chance – but this car was packed with a bit more power than most.

The Buggati Veyron is considered the fastest car in the world with a top speed of 264 mph. With an engine capable of going from 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds, it’s hard to think of a contender who could grab the title. However, here’s one set of set of hot wheels that leaves the Bugatti in the dust. An electric car made from a VW Beetle and a milk float, this daring design can get to 60mph in just 1.6 seconds.

The vehicle, named Black Current, was designed and built brothers Sam and Olly Young from Berkshire in the United Kingdom. With help from their local pub, who sponsored their creation, the two siblings have broken the world speed record for an electric car. Not just that, but the car produces zero emissions. Take that, Buggati!

What is even more amazing is that the vehicle is made from a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle and parts of a milk float. (Did you ever think that components from a milk float could make a car go a quarter of a mile in under ten seconds?)

The car is powered by sixty 12-volt motorcycle batteries, but the brothers believe the car can be made faster still, by using a lithium gel battery pack. Olly said, “We started off with a VW Beetle without an engine. There happened to be a milk float next to it so we joined up the two. We’ve just made improvements year on year, until we got to where we are now.

The design of the Black Current could transform how electric vehicles are perceived by the public. Not only are they green, but they’re fast too. And the fact that the unique vehicle has just won the ‘Zero Emissions’ category at the annual Alternative Energy Racing tournament at Santa Pod should generate a lot of press.

During the event, the car reached a top speed of 133mph, but a week earlier the Black Current smashed speed records by doing a quarter-mile ‘sprint’ in 9.51 seconds with a top speed of 135mph. This achievement made them the brothers the first people to break the 10-second barrier in an electric car.

Olly said, “You can’t imagine how fast it is…nought to sixty in 1.6 seconds is pretty hard to explain. It felt absolutely awesome.” They’ve been hand-building electric cars in their small workshop in Hungerford for the last eight years.

Olly revealed they came up with the world-beater by fusing two unlikely vehicles – one hardly able to top 15mph without rattling the gold tops – into a single mean machine. They wanted to demonstrate just how powerful zero-emissions vehicles can be.

The car is powered by sixty 12-volt motorcycle batteries, but the brothers believe the car can be made faster still, by using a lithium gel battery pack. Olly said ‘We started off with a VW Beetle without an engine. ‘There happened to be a milk float next to it so we joined up the two.

“We’ve just made improvements year on year, until we got to where we are now. ‘The secret is time, effort, trial and error and plenty of research. We will try and keep making the car even lighter and more powerful to make it even faster.”

‘The only thing we get out of it is pride…and the excitement of course! It’s great when everything works as it should after months of work.’ The car’s next challenge will be to take on petrol-powered dragsters overseas. [via Daily Mail (UK) and The Telegraph (UK)]

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